Dental Hygiene Program - Application Checklist 14/SP
In order to be eligible for admission to the Dental Hygiene program, students must complete the following eligibility requirements by the priority deadline. All eligible students will be awarded points based on the point system listed on the second page. Students with the highest point totals will be accepted. If a tiebreaker is needed, preference will be given to students who complete the most prerequisite courses at Iowa Western (prerequisite courses are listed below). If a second tiebreaker is needed, preference will be given to students with the earliest admission file completion dates. 15 students will be accepted each Fall, and 15 students will be accepted each Spring.
Fall Term (August) - Priority deadline is January 31
Spring Term (January) - Priority deadline is September 1
- Meet with an Admissions Advisor in the Student Welcome Center located in Clark Hall.
- Complete an Application for Admission to Iowa Western Community College.
- Submit all official transcripts (high school and college).
- Complete 16 hours of observation with a registered Dental Hygienist and submit completed Dental Hygiene Program Observation Form to the Office of Admissions.
- * Take a placement test: All new students need to complete a skills assessment test called the COMPASS. If a student has taken the ASSET or ACT recently, he or she can submit those scores in lieu of taking the COMPASS test. Students who have already completed math and/or English for college credit should check with an Admissions Advisor before scheduling the COMPASS.
- Complete the following prerequisite
courses with a “C” or higher:
- * BIO-168 Anatomy & Physiology I with Labs
- BIO-173 Anatomy & Physiology II with Labs
- BIO-186 Microbiology
- ENG-105 Composition I
- SPC-112 Public Speaking
* Please note that Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Labs has a prerequisite of Human Biology, General Biology, or one year of high school Anatomy and Physiology.
Note: In addition to the prerequisite courses listed above, students are encouraged to complete the general education courses of CHM-132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry and PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology before starting Dental Hygiene courses.
* Scores expire after two years. In order to be valid, scores cannot be more than two years old at the start of the term for which you have applied. Students who do not have valid test scores may schedule a time to take the COMPASS test by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Enrollment Services at 800.432.5852 extension 3277 or 712.325.3277 (select option 5).
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are documented in the Office of Admissions.
Dental Hygiene Program - Point System
|Points will be awarded based on the following criteria. To be calculated in the point total, all documentation must be on file with the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline.||Possible Points|
|Grade Point Average for Biology Courses||0 - 40 pts|
Points will be awarded based on the grade point average the student earns in the three biology courses required for admission to the Dental Hygiene program:
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I with Labs;
BIO-173 Anatomy and Physiology II with Labs; and
The following scale will be used to determine the number of points the student will be awarded:
3.68 - 4.0……...40 pts
3.34 - 3.6...........35 pts
3.01 - 3.33.........30 pts
2.68 - 3.00.........25 pts
2.34 - 2.67.........15 pts
2.01 - 2.33.........10 pts
|Prior Attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree or Master's Degree||5 pts|
Points will be awarded based on the attainment of either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree; points will not be awarded for both.
|Healthcare Work Experience||5 pts|
Points will be awarded based on work experience in a healthcare setting, including but not limited to a medical or dental office. The work experience must be a minimum of two years if the student worked full-time or a minimum four years if the student worked part-time. The work experience must be documented using the Verification Form, which is available in the Office of Admissions.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of Iowa Western Community College Department of Dental Hygiene affiliated with Creighton University School of Dentistry is to educate Associate of Applied Science Degree dental hygienists in the broadest scope of clinical practice. Graduates are competent to provide comprehensive educational and clinical services, reflecting dental hygienists’ areas of expertise. Graduates are prepared to serve the community in both private and public health settings that support optimal oral health. All aspects of the program are continually assessed to provide ongoing excellence and to guide improvement. In keeping with the mission of caring, commitment and challenge, the dental hygiene program provides a positive learner focused environment.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of Iowa Western's Dental Hygiene program will be able to:
- Utilize evidence based decision making principles.
- Utilize the Dental Hygiene process of care to meet the needs of diverse populations.
- Operate within an ethical framework within the Dental Hygiene scope of practice.
- Positively motivate and effectively communciate with all populations to promote high standards of oral health.
Affiliated Program Information
The Iowa Western Community College Dental Hygiene Program was organized and established in conjunction with Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1998. Each institution offers a diverse educational and clinical experience for the students. Although IWCC is small in comparison to Creighton, our students receive the best of both worlds: exposure to an urban, private university campus with the intimacy of a small, rural community college campus.
Iowa Western has an articulation agreement with Creighton University School of Dentistry for students to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
- Infectious Disease Policy is available in the Division Office.
- Clinic requirements are met at Creighton University School of Dentistry and selected offsite clinics.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of class.
- Classes are held during the day, Monday through Friday.
- Courses must be taken in sequence, with a minimum grade of “C” in order to progress in the program.
- The cost of the program varies from student to student. Some
general costs are:
- Tuition, fees, labs, etc...………$15,000.
- Books & Instruments...………....$3,500.
- There is no waiting list – new applications are taken each semester.
- Upon completion of the curriculum, students must successfully complete the Dental Hygiene National Board, and either the CRDTS exam or another state or regional board of choice, and a jurisprudence exam before being licensed.
Iowa Western Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, age, race, religion, or national origin in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admissions procedures. We adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines. A copy of the Infection Control Policy is located in the Division Office.
- Jan Hillis, RDH, University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Houston and Master of Arts in Education, University of Southern Florida
- Dorothy Polan, RDH and Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, University of Nebraska
- Lisa Kucera, RDH, Central Community College, Bachelor of General Studies, Communication, University of Nebraska
Dental Hygiene Program - Observation Form for Prospective Students
To be completed by the student and signed by the participating Dentist or Dental Hygienist.
Student name (print or type): _________________________________________ Date of Birth: _________________________
The purpose of the observation is to expose applicants to a wide-variety of procedures performed in a dental practice setting. Applicants are required to observe a minimum of 16 hours with a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). After completing the observation hours this form must signed by the supervising RDH. The completed form must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline.
Applicants are required to document the times and dates of their observation hours using the log below.
|Date||Time In||Time Out||Hours|
|Total Observation Hours|
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Certification
This section must be completed by the supervising RDH
By signing below, I hereby certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate.
Signature(s) of RDH: _______________________________________, __________________________________
Printed Name(s) of RDH: ____________________________________, __________________________________
Name of Practice or Facility:
Address of Practice or Facility:
Phone Number of Practice or Facility:
By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.
Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________
This form can be found online at www.iwcc.edu/es/admissions/information